Nurse Aide Training Programs in California

What are the pre-screening requirements for those interested in a nursing assistant training class? All individuals interested in attending a nurse aide training program should first complete the fingerprinting process required by California law. The mandatory fingerprinting process is used to review your personal criminal record. If your record is clear, then you will be allowed to become certified as a nursing assistant in California. A nurse assistant student who has not submitted an application and his or her fingerprints for check-up, will not be allowed to complete the clinical portion of a CNA training program.

To avoid this scenario, you are encouraged to review and ensure you meet the health and conviction screening requirements necessary for certification prior to beginning a nurse aide training program. If you already hold a nurse aide certification and plan to continue to work in the health care industry, keep your record clear and avoid any work history of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of resident property. Those types of findings will prevent you from renewing your CNA certificate. If you have other medical training but did not complete a CNA training program, you can contact the California Department of Public Health at (916) 327-2445 to determine your eligibility for examination.

C.N.A Training Courses in California

California Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program Providers
Please select a California region from the maps below to find nurse aide training and competency evaluation program providers in your area.

CNA Programs in Northern California. CNA Programs in Southern California.

Select a county on the maps above or a county name from the list below to see a list of nurse aide training and competency evaluation program providers in your area.

Nursing assistant programs prepare individuals for challenging the nurse aide certification exam and for entry level positions in health care environments. Each state has the authority to decide how many hours of training a nursing assistant course must consist of, as long as the minimum federal requirement of seventy-five hours is met. Students interested in attending CNA classes have a wide array of choices when it comes to selecting a training facility.

Nursing assistant courses are conducted at nursing homes, vocational schools, private schools, and community colleges. Program length, admission requirements, and cost of training vary depending on the policies of every training facility. Several states have implemented legislation which requires licensed long-term care facilities to reimburse CNA employees for the costs associated with training. An individual who has paid for nursing assistant training classes and who becomes employed by a nursing home within a year of obtaining certification, is eligible for financial reimbursement. Compared to other training programs in the health care field, nursing assistant classes are relatively short and inexpensive. Obtaining state certification as a CNA is the main requirement for securing a nurse aide job at a nursing home, hospital, rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility.

CNA Training Schools and Programs

CNA classes, schools and programs by state.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

Name: C. Staten Date posted: July 11, 2013 - 10:12 AM
Message: Do you recommend online nursing assistant programs?

Name: Admin Date posted: July 14, 2013 - 09:30 AM
Message: The first thing you need to check before enrolling in an online CNA training program is the accreditation of this program. Is the course approved in your state? Only state-approved, online CNA training courses give you the right to challenge the national certification exam. Some states do not approve classes conducted online. Another important criteria to keep in mind is the instructional approach. Nursing assistant classes include both a theoretical and a clinical part. The clinical portion of online nurse aide classes must be conducted on-site, at a particular facility. You have to be physically present in order to practice all the hands-on skills and care techniques. A course that is offered completely online does not give you the proper training to pass the state CNA exam.

Name: Willard T. Date posted: September 03, 2013 - 11:20 AM
Message: My nurse aide certificate expired and I want to get re-certified as a CNA but I was wondering if there are free classes or if San Diego has any training courses in long term care facilities to get re-certified. Thank you.

Name: Admin Date posted: September 04, 2013 - 08:24 AM
Message: Has your nursing assistant certificate been expired for more than two years? If the answer is yes then you do need to repeat a CNA training program and re-take the state exam. If the certificate has been expired for less than two years you only have to retake the nurse aide certification test in order to re-activate your certification. There are several nursing homes and long-term care facilities which offer state-approved nursing assistant training programs in San Diego, California. Contact the ones close to where you live to ask about upcoming CNA classes. Nursing assistant courses at licensed nursing homes should be free. CNA programs may be found here: CNA Training Classes in San Diego. Here is the form you need to complete if your certificate has been expired for less than two years: Certified Nursing Assistant and/or Home Health Aide Renewal Application.

Jenny L. on July 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM
Could you give some examples of questions I might be asked at the interview? I just got my CNA license, and I am going to be looking for a job. Thanks!

Admin on July 31, 2014 at 08:32 AM
Here is a link to some actual CNA job interview questions: CNA Interview Guide. You can also read the CNA Job Interview Tips page which might help you prepare for a certified nursing assistant job interview. I hope this helps.

Can I join a CNA training course as a J-2 visa holder? Am I allowed to work as a certified nursing assistant after I finish the training and pass the certification exam?

Is it typical to use a staffing agency to get job placement after becoming a CNA?

Is it possible to renew my nursing assistant license online and how?

My CNA license is about to expire. How do I renew it?

I lost my nursing assistant license and I am wondering if it possible to get my CNA license number online?

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CNA Training Requirements

There is a wide disparity between CNA training requirements among the states. The difference lies in the mandatory number of total training hours necessary to complete state-approved CNA classes.

While according to federal law each nursing assistant course should contain a minimum of seventy-five (75) instruction and clinical hours, individual states have the liberty to mandate extra training requirements for certified nursing assistants. The majority of states exceed the threshold federal minimum requirements for nurse aide training programs because they are considered insufficient to result in an optimal and safe level of care for clients.

A review of nationwide state requirements for nurse assistant courses has found that the following states have mandated highest number of CNA program hours: Maine with a minimum of 90 hours of theory, 20 hours of laboratory skills and 70 hours of clinical instruction for a total of 180 hours; California with one hundred and sixty (160) training hours; Delaware and Oregon each requiring one hundred and fifty (150) hours; followed by the state of Alaska with one hundred and forty (140) hours; Virginia, Arizona, and West Virginia have a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) training hours for state-approved classes.

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